Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's visit to Solomon Islands

Q: On June 3, during his visit to the Solomon Islands, Australian Prime Minister Morrison said that his country will provide 250 million Australian dollars in aid over the next decade for infrastructure spending. Some commentators believe Prime Minister Morrison's decision aims to contain China's growing influence in the region. I wonder if you have any comment?

A: First I'd like to make it clear: the Pacific Islands region is not any country's "sphere of influence".

Second, China welcomes the normal cooperation and friendly relations between regional countries. We are pleased that Australia offers to help Pacific Island countries to speed up their development, and we hope Australia will honor its commitments.

Third, in recent years, committed to pursuing the greater good and shared interests and to the principle of sincerity, real results, amity and good faith, China has been actively carrying out mutually beneficial cooperation with the Pacific Island countries, which is warmly welcomed by their governments and peoples. We would like to work with all countries including Australia for better development of the island countries and peace and stability in the region.

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